Cornwall has a serious challenge because of the top down requirement of central Government to build 52,500 new houses in the County by 2030, a policy that is being implemented by Cornwall Council
In 2010, the Government National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) resulted in the imposition of the Cornwall Local Plan. This is being indiscriminately carried out in the form of house building, at the expense of our green countryside which is one of Cornwall’s biggest natural resources. Great damage is being caused to all kinds of our wildlife. It is hitting the production of food, increasing CO2 emissions and will ultimately damage our tourist industry.
New independent research commissioned by our sister branch in Devon has established that the need for housing has been grossly over stated and is based on out-of-date over-predictions of population growth. This is likely to be even more so in Cornwall where thousands of new houses are being built, the vast majority of which are completely unaffordable to the local population.
For over sixty years CPRE Cornwall has been resisting the abuse and industrialisation of this County and we are increasing our activities including direct lobbying of Parliament. We can only do that with your help, financially or as a volunteer. We have a worthy purpose but need your involvement to help us stand up for the countryside. Please make contact to help us, along with your ideas and suggestions.